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1:00 PM ET, August 21, 2017


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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Exclusive: Secret Service out of money to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission - in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Secret Service: We have funding to protect Trump through September
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon Readies His Revenge  —  The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear.  —  On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trump's chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page.  “Why do you sound unfazed?” a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web.
New York Times:
Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit.  Then Came Charlottesville.  —  What was supposed to be an amicable departure for the president's chief strategist became a messy exit after public furor over the president's response to a race-fueled melee.  —  August 20, 2017
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bannon vs. Murdochs
Discussion: Raw Story
Pacific Fleet Headlines:
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca  —  SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has arrived at Changi Naval Base following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Source: McMaster Fails to Brief Trump Before 'That's Too Bad' Error  —  A source with direct knowledge of these matters tells Breitbart News that the senior staff at the White House, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, did not brief President Donald Trump on the collision …
Discussion: Shareblue, Splinter and IJR
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump cheers Falwell for ‘fantastic’ defense on ‘Fox and Friends’  —  President Trump on Monday applauded evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell, Jr., for defending his controversial response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.  —  “Jerry Falwell of Liberty University was fantastic on @foxandfriends.
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Liberty University graduates return diplomas because of support for Trump by Jerry Falwell Jr.
Let There Be No Confusion  —  I was struck by the tone Heather Heyer's parents took at her memorial service.  Here they are suddenly grieving and saying goodbye to their daughter, taken by an act of domestic terrorism.  And instead of turning to anger, they call for healing and forgiveness.
Trump nominee Sam Clovis: ‘As far as we know’ homosexuality's a choice, ‘logical’ LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, has argued that homosexuality …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year … The Republican National Committee paid the Trump International Hotel in Washington $122,000 last month after the party held a lavish fundraiser at the venue in June, the latest example of how GOP political committees …
Washington Post:   Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year
Dara Lind / Vox:
White House officials are terrified of what Trump would do on his own  —  Why they're not quitting: “You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill.”  —  At this point, with so many of President Donald Trump's once-key advisers leaving the White House, and the president himself showing …
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:   White House aides can't stop talking about President Trump like he's a toddler
New York Times:
Lobbyist at Trump Campaign Meeting Has a Web of Russian Connections  —  WASHINGTON — Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant who met last summer with senior Trump campaign officials, has often struck colleagues as a classic Washington mercenary — loyal to his wife, his daughter and his bank account.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Donald Trump will ask Americans Monday to trust him on his new Afghanistan strategy, exercising a president's most somber duty, a decision on waging war, at a time when his own political standing is deeply compromised.
Discussion: IJR and Wall Street Journal
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Former Trump Spox: Slavery Is Actually Part Of America's ‘Good History’  —  Former spokesperson for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Katrina Pierson, appeared on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning to defend keeping Confederate statues on display as politicians and activists call for their removal …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Media Matters for America:
Fox guest and former Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson: The Civil War and slavery were part of America's “good history”
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter /
Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama  —  I took a week off from the milieu of political insanity to go out amongst the normals and chalk up another huge trial victory, and when I got back I was stunned - stunned! - to find that a consensus had formed that Nazis are bad.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The elites strike back — getting under Trump's skin  —  THE BIG IDEA: The 2016 election represented, as much as anything else, a repudiation of America's elites and everything they believe in.  By running on the hollow promises of populism, nativism and isolationism …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property  —  Christopher Barker, a leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina, agreed to meet for an interview at his home late last month with Ilia Calderón, a Colombian news anchor for Univision based in Miami.
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Mizzou Pays a Price for Appeasing the Left  —  Enrollment is down more than 2,000.  The campus has had to take seven dormitories out of service.  —  Timothy Vaughn dutifully cheered the University of Missouri for a decade, sitting in the stands with his swag, two hot dogs and a Diet Coke.
Fern Shen / Baltimore Brew:
Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized  —  Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized  —  Aimed at explorer's role in “genocide and exploitation,” vandals say, action follows city's removal of Confederate monuments  —  Above: Inscription on one of Baltimore's memorials to explorer Christoper Columbus …
Tim Graham /
PBS, NPR Bury Their Own Poll Results on BLM, Antifa, and Confederate Statues (Correction Added)  —  Taxpayer-funded PBS and NPR are now in the polling business with Marist College, and like the other networks, their polls are often used to support putting heat on Republicans.
Discussion: Media Matters for America and IJR
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
A 121-year-old Confederate monument was coming down. This Kentucky town put it back up.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Why Trump Can't Quit the Alt-Right
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Negassi Tesfamichael / Politico:
Susan Collins: ‘Too difficult to say’ whether Trump will be 2020 GOP nominee
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Jefferson Memorial exhibit update will acknowledge slavery record
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Canada and Mexico Wrap Up Nafta First Round
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Putin appoints new ambassador to U.S.
Discussion: ABC News and TASS
 Earlier Items: 
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Trump poised for a September fight over border wall
Discussion: Political Wire
Katie Kieffer /
Wake Up—Mitch and Paul!
Doug Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Trump impeachment more likely than removal, California Rep. Brad Sherman says at town hall meeting
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection
Discussion: Shareblue
New York Times:
White House Bracing for an Angry Reception in Phoenix
Freddie / The ANOVA:
personal news  —  Shortly I will be headed to the Richmond …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway